chateau brane-cantenac 2eme cru classe, margaux 2017

chateau brane-cantenac 2eme cru classe, margaux 2017
WINE SPECTATOR
91
JAMES SUCKLING
94

Critics' Scores

  • WINE SPECTATOR
    91
    Wine Spectator

    A light singed alder hint leads the way here, along with light bay leaf and savory notes, while the core of gently steeped black cherry and plum fruit fills in slowly. Shows modest intensity through the finish but the flavors knit nicely.

  • JAMES SUCKLING
    94
    James Suckling

    A tight, focused center palate to this red with blackberries, dark chocolate, hazelnuts and smoke. Medium to full body, polished tannins and a juicy, lightly chewy mouthfeel. A blend of 74% cabernet sauvignon, 21% merlot, 4% cabernet franc and 1% petit verdot. Try after 2022.

  • DECANTER
    93
    Decanter

    Dark cassis fruit notes run right through the body of the wine, the oak slightly overpowering on the attack but brought perfectly back into balance by the time you are halfway through. It's enjoyable and confident, there is plenty of character, and it stretches out nicely through the palate, maintaining interest. Accomplished winemaking.

  • TIM ATKIN
    93
    Tim Atkin

    Deep colour. Juicy black fruit and perfume. Some rose and cassis. Inviting. Juicy and sweet extract. Good tannins and acidity. Lots of oak, even at this age. Juicy fruit flavours. Soft long finish.

  • ROBERT PARKER'S WINE ADVOCATE
    92
    Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

    Medium to deep garnet-purple colored, the 2017 Brane-Cantenac starts off a tad restrained and reluctant to show, opening out to notes of baked blackberries, plum preserves and crème de cassis with hints of cigar box and tar. Medium to full-bodied, the palate is wearing a lot of muscular fruit with firm, grainy tannins and plenty of freshness, finishing with great length. Needs time! Rating: 92+

  • JEB DUNNUCK
    92
    Jeb Dunnuck

    The 2017 Château Brane-Cantenac should be a terrific wine and offers a medium-bodied, nicely concentrated, silky, elegant style. Loads of black raspberries, cedar pencil, and dried flower notes as well as sweet fruit, ripe tannin, and a complex, layered texture make for a classic Margaux that’s going to drink nicely for two decades.

  • WINE ENTHUSIAST
    96
    Wine Enthusiast

    While the wood flavors are palpable in this wine, so are the firm tannins and dense black fruit. These elements suggest a wine that will have power and great concentration while also generous blackberry fruits. Drink from 2024.

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